The Jiu Jitsu system we offer at West Coast Martial Arts is Japanese-based, and works the five ranges of combat: projectile, kicking, punching, close quarters, and ground work. This program covers all areas of combat, including striking, throwing, take downs, clinch, close quarter combat, ground fighting, bone breaking, and joint locks. It offers a perfect blend of traditional and modern training, and provides a tremendous workout.
- Tuesday 8:00 – 9:15
- Thursday 8:00 – 9:15
Go Dai Henka Jiu Jitsu Ryu is a combative system that strengthens the Mind, Body, and the Spirit. The physical Body is strengthened by specifically designed workouts; the Mind is sharpened through endurance of flow drills, problem solving, and multitasking; the internal Spirit is cultivated through specifically designed, tested scenarios that will challenge and improve the intent and will to continue through stress and duress.
The system draws upon the Body State and conditioning exercises of the 5 Primary Animals to forge the body: the Snake, Eagle, Bear, Gorilla, and the Monkey. These are utilized along with sound principles that are categorized into the Five elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, and Void.
Martial Arts have incorporated and utilized Animals and the Elements for centuries. Besides the metaphysical aspects, the incorporation of the 5 Animals and the 5 Elements into the Go Dai Henka system are essential for:
- Better memorizing and understanding fundamental principles including the scientific base
- Simplifying the communication and learning the techniques
- Acquiring improved and new motor skills
- An almost infinite source of changing the application
Our Go Dai Henka Jiu Jitsu Ryu system is taught in a safe progression, teaching sound principles and techniques that are constantly tested and honed.
HEAD INSTRUCTOR Shihan Steve Schwartz
Shihan Schwartz was born and raised in New York. At a very young age his parents recognized his high energy and decided to channel and focus it through the Martial Arts. He was 8 years old when first enrolled in Karate and then later joined Kung Fu, Boxing, and Kick Boxing. At the age of 15 his family relocated from New York to Sarasota, Florida where he started as a white belt again and enrolled at West Coast Martial Arts Academy and trained with the former Head Instructor Hanshi Steven Roensch for the next 20 years.